Emotional Kasatkina comes back from the brink to win Kremlin Cup

Johanna Konta

Kremlin Cup: Great Britain's Johanna Konta loses to Daria Kasatkina in Moscow

Winner Daria Kasatkina of Russia, right, and second placed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia pose with their trophies after the final match of the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.

The world number 14 took her first and only WTA singles title at the 2017 Volvo Car Open in Charleston in the United States when she defeated Latvia's Jeļena Ostapenko for the title. "Anything can happen, that is why I do not have any expectation from the final match" Kasatkina said yesterday Daria Kasatkina came back from a set and a break down, just as she did in their lone previous meeting at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

"I really enjoyed playing here this week", the 101st-ranked Tunisian said.

Russian competitors have won the women's Kremlin Cup four times in the last five years, with Germany's Julia Goerges beating Kasatkina in last year's final.

"I wanted to win today but it's not meant to be. And I think I was a bit more lucky today". "I was crying because I was cramping", tweeted Jabeur.

The 30-year-old Latvian, ranked 145 and who came through qualifying, has never lost a final and will bid for a seventh title on Sunday against world number 16 Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Jabeur, the 2011 junior champion at the French Open, beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 3-6 6-3 in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, while playing his third semifinal of the year, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino qualified for the final in Moscow after dominating Andreas Seppi of Italy (7-5, 7-5).

Medvedev won 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 against last year's finalist Ricardas Berankis, while Khachanov beat Mirza Basic 6-2, 7-6 (5).

Mannarino was 5-3 down in the second set before winning four straight games to close out the match. Kasatkina, who overtook Sabalenka to become the second alternate for the WTA Finals in Singapore, has earned half her career's prize money from this season alone (USD$2.4 million).

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